About: Susan

Susan O. Stephan is a credentialed Spanish Teacher in the state of California who earned her Master’s degree in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in Spain, Japan and the United States. She teaches Spanish at a 7-12 public school in southern California, she also uses her teaching skills with her sons and in her Spanish speaking play groups.

Learning to Read in Spanish with Coquito

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Part of my plan for raising bilingual children has always included teaching them how to read and write in Spanish. I find it very discouraging that so few elementary schools offer foreign language education. It is shocking considering all of the recent studies that demonstrate the cognitive benefits of being bilingual. To make up for this shortfall in the public education system, my sons will have Spanish classes with me at home. I am doing some part time home schoolingRead More ...

Little Angels 1-2-3′s DVD {Giveaway}

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When I was young, my siblings and I would always sing a special prayer to our guardian angel prior to going to sleep.  We believed that our special angel was always at our side watching over us.  It was a belief that made me feel protected and loved. I am also teaching my own children about God’s love and protection, and so was thrilled to discover a new cartoon series that presents the concept of a guardian angels and theRead More ...

A Solid Plan for Raising Bilingual Children

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Raising bilingual children in the United States can be challenging, but having a plan in place, significantly increases your chance for success. If you are not lucky enough to have a bilingual school to support you, creativity and effort are necessary to help your child acquire Spanish. In my head there was always an informal idea on how I would raise my children to speak Spanish, but now that they are in preschool, I am re-evaluating my action plan. ToRead More ...

A Bicultural Christmas Photo {Susan}

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For me the holidays are about spending time with family and participating in traditions together. There is the visit to Santa, sled riding with all of our cousins, midnight mass on Christmas eve, and Christmas dinner at my aunt and uncles’ home with all of our relatives. ...

Giving Thanks And More Stories To Celebrate American Heritage {DVD Giveaway}

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I have been looking for a way to explain Thanksgiving to my children this year.  While I love the cute stories about turkeys, I was hoping to provide my sons with a more meaningful and historical understanding of this American holiday. The Scholastic Storybook Treasures Giving Thanks…And More Stories to Celebrate American Heritage is a great way to introduce American history to children.  This DVD includes four stories “Lincoln & Douglass:  An American Friendship” which is narrated by Danny Glover,Read More ...

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure {Giveaway}

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Disney movies have been my favorites ever since I was a child.  As a mom raising bilingual children, I have found another reason to love them even more.  Their movies and television shows always have a Spanish sound track with accurate translations.  Even the songs are in Spanish, not just the dialogue. Having children who are fans of Mickey Mouse, they were thrilled to receive Disney’s new movie Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure.  This 45 minute movie had my boysRead More ...

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